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Welcome to the Oosterpark Rankings, the most complete historical club football rankings on the internet. On this site, you will find club world rankings calculated from the very beginning of football as we know it in the season 1871/1872. The main part of the rankings is the all-time club world ranking, composed by taking into account over 60,000 database entries in terms of trophies won and (bonus)points obtained, awarded to nearly 5,000 clubs across the globe. That basically means all club football competitions "worth mentioning", at domestic league and cup level as well as continental and intercontinental competitions were taken into account. From Real Madrid to Zoundourma, any club that's ever won anything noteworthy is listed somewhere in the rankings.
The Oosterpark Rankings take an interest only in club football and regional and world club rankings. At times, requests for league or even international football rankings have been made, but there are enough of those available on the internet. To the best of my knowledge, there is no comparable all-time club football ranking though, certainly not at world club level, which is why ClubWorldRankings.com focuses on them. By its very nature the project will always be 'work in progress'. This is why occasionally retroactive changes to the rankings may occur, even though with the 10th anniversary update of 27 September 2009, we've probably passed the point where it affects the top of the rankings. Nevertheless, whenever hitherto unknown facts, competitions and the like surface, they will be included in the rankings.
The dangers of a one-man show
Posted 20.10.2013 by Mark de Vries
You may have noticed fewer updates than usual in recent months. As those following the Oosterpark Rankings' Facebook page may have read, this is due to the birth of our baby daughter. At any rate, (late) June, July and September aren't peak months when it comes to points decisions in most years, but still, 2013 doesn't live up to update frequency standards of years gone by. Just as well these rankings are all-time. What's a month compared to the 140 years+ covered by clubworldrankings.com?
Depending on one man to draw up your rankings does mean the curtains may come down without prior warning at any given moment though. Which is pretty much what happened to the perhaps best known rankings the internet used to provide: those by the IFFHS. Since Dr. Alfredo Pöge's death late March, we've not been treated to any updates of their club world ranking. Now, I've never been a fan of their ranking method, not least because their definition of "all-time" ignored everything pre-1991. Save for the odd laugh, I won't be missing that part of the IFFHS, which I suspect was Pöge's personal hobby (much like the Oosterpark Rankings are mine).
That doesn't take away from the great value the organisation he founded in 1984 offers for those interested in the early years of organised football. As things stand, the IFFHS's chronicles just barely go past World War I. Hopefully the team behind all that research goes on to complete the job. It'd be a fitting tribute to a man their executive committee proclaimed "Europe's last idealist". Pöge must've been a tad crazy, but I take my hat off for the media attention he drew to his organisation throughout the years. So the Oosterpark Rankings salute you, Don Alfredo. RIP.
At the same time, work on a new clubworldrankings.com database continues (albeit slowly), with provisions to go open source upon my eventual demise. If anyone cares to pick up the gaunlet by then (hopefully no earlier than the second half of this century I hasten to add), they'll have tens of thousands of hours of research and a proper piece of software at their disposal. Good luck with it!
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Posted 09.02.2013 by Footballtop.com
Top 5 Football Clubs 2012
There are a lot of things that can be said and have been said about those clubs who are recognized the best. The top 5 football clubs in 2012 according to Footballtop.com are those how are most supported and most valuable for the fans around the world. They are the best not only on the pitch but also for among the fans that do their utmost to support their favourite club team. Top 5 clubs according to the website are the following.
The fifth position takes Manchester United. The Red Devils have outrageous support around the world. Some survey suggested that around 1 billion fans around the world directly or indirectly support the guys of Sir Alex Ferguson. Their success is mostly predetermined by the fact that they constantly compete on the top level for any title they can possibly win. Moreover Manchester United are currently on top of the Premier League and qualified for the Champions League knock-out stage. However the season 2011/12 left the Mancunians without a trophy which didn’t let them get higher than the 5th position.
The fourth position is occupied by a team that gave us one of the most exciting Champions League performances of the recent times. Chelsea FC became those who produced one of the most powerful defence mechanisms that annihilated majestic attacking abilities of Napoli, Benfica, Barcelona and Bayern Munich. Their spirit and discipline in defence brought them to the spectacular Champions League victory which couldn’t but win the hearts of football fans. However this season was marked by another main coach resignation and change of philosophy. Roberto Di Matteo was sacked for unsatisfactory results and his position was occupied by Rafael Benitez who is not yet as efficient as he was long time ago, that’s why Chelsea are fourth and not higher.
The fans placed CSKA Moscow on the third position on the list which is not as unusual as it may seem from the first sight. Last season the club delivered reached the 1/8 stage of the Champions League where they were just unlucky to encounter classy Real Madrid. Moreover CSKA are doing well in the current Russian Premier League campaign. After 19 games played the side are two points ahead of the closest rival Anzhi Makhachkala and 5 points ahead of the current champion Zenit St. Petersburg. It gives the fans a reason to be proud of their team and to continue supporting them as ruthlessly as they did before. CSKA have very strong fans movement in Russia and other post-soviet countries and this support strengthens from game to game.
The second place is occupied by FC Barcelona. Blaugrana is well known to a regular fan as an attacking machine. Barcelona is not just a club. Barcelona is a certain style of football with a lot of short passing and hence spectacular attacking actions that make their rivals get closed up in the penalty box and just put up with the fact that they are most likely to lose the game. It’s almost impossible to imagine Barcelona playing another way taking into account that most of its players were brought up in the club’s system and have never been taught to play differently. However Barcelona came second in 2012 both in La Liga and on this rating list. Be sure, titles would change the situation in 2013.
The first place is given to Real Madrid. The glorious side with the best players in the world on each position, best coach in the world, best captain in the world. Jose Mourinho built the team mastered to overcome Barcelona and win La Liga of 2011/12 alongside with the hearts of ordinary football lovers who come to follow the side regardless its current position on the table. Real Madrid is just a legendary club and no continuation to that is necessary.
FootballTop.com became a ClubWorldRankings.com partner in January 2013. It strives to be an alternative to FIFA and UEFA rankings, where the public votes on everything football related. In their own words: "Our main goal is to enable every fan to create the ranking, not just to have a look at it. To be the one who makes a difference!"
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The Oosterpark Rankings present Recopa Mundial, a boxing-style title contest featuring all former Intercontinental and World Club champions. For full details, use the site navigation at the top of this page.
Recopa Mundial will celebrate Christmas in São Paulo, having changed hands three times in eleven days in September. It started that month at Corinthians, who defended the trophy by hammering Flamengo 4x0. Days later, Internacional beat Corinthians 1x0 but held the title less than a week, losing 1x2 at home to Santos, who in turn required a mere 48 hours to suffer defeat at the hand of Flamengo.
A month later, on October 10, the Rio outfit faced Internacional again and won 2x1, to extend their reign by another month, before the most recent title bout saw São Paulo defeat the holders 2x0 on November 13. The new champions do not face other former world champions in domestic or international action anymore in 2013, and will take Recopa Mundial into 2014. Currently (but subject to Copa Libertadores fixtures which will be announced after the draw), São Paulo's next eligible challengers are Santos, in the Paulista A1 on February 23, 2014.
Record champions by club:
Boca Juniors, 84 times
River Plate, 58
Vélez Sarsfield, 23
São Paulo, 20
Racing Club, 16
AC Milan, 6
Real Madrid, 6
Also qualified but as yet without a successful title challenge:
Atlético Madrid, 0
Bayern München, 0
Borussia Dortmund, 0
Crvena zvezda, 0
FC Porto, 0
Manchester United, 0
Next title match: see top of this page!
Title wins by nation, excluding domestic competitions but allowing clashes between two sides from the same country in international club competitions:
Title wins by confederation, intercontinental matches only:
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Business Era Club Football Rankings
One of the many rankings available through the site navigation are the Club Football Rankings since 1992, called "the business era rankings" since 1992 was the year when money started to talk more than ever in football, as Champions League and Premier League were founded. This ranking probably suits the football fan with a passion for short(er) term achievements. In any case, it does take away the historical advantage early-organised countries may enjoy in the real all-time rankings starting in 1872 (even though in actual fact this effect is rather small, as explained in the Guide to the Rankings).
"Follow the money"
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A quick glance at the theoretical number of 2013 points still available...
Primary Majors: 91 trophies for 444 pts
Secondary Majors: 86 trophies for 258 pts
Minor trophies: 20 trophies for 9 pts
Bonus points: 177 bonuses for 142+ pts
2013 Points Table available now:
We're allergic to disclaimers, so let it suffice to say that all stuff like club logos are the property of their respective owners etc... Please note these rankings are not officially endorsed by FIFA (there is no such thing as an official FIFA club world ranking because FIFA doesn't rank football clubs, it restricts itself to national teams) or any of its regional or national (con)federations. Nor are the Oosterpark Rankings in any way linked to the IFFHS club world ranking, be it their monthly club world ranking or their "all-time" world ranking, which isn't all-time in the first place.
August 16 Court
The August 16 Court is the place where decisions regarding the all-time rankings are made when arguments are put forward for inclusion of "missing" competitions, re-valuation of events etc... Its second case concerned FK Pribram and whether or not it was to be seen as a continuation of Dukla Praha, as was the case until now.
Sources at the time the Oosterpark Rankings were first drawn up were adament that the club that by then had changed its name to FC Marila Príbram was at least the spiritual successor carrying on Dukla's tradition, but events over the years have taken away the power behind the original argument.
To cap it all off, a new club has emerged under the name of one of the former Eastern Block's most illustrious teams, although that has a pretty weak case if it were ever to claim to be THE famous Dukla from the Czech capital.
This case does appear to have a lot in common with the old Wimbledon FC: being moved elsewhere in the country and fans starting a new club with pretty much the old name. In that situation, the old club was considered extinct as far as the Oosterpark Rankings are concerned, with potential new future entries for MK Dons (the owners' path) and AFC Wimbledon (the fans' route). That is also how clubworldrankings.com will treat the Prague case.
Ultimately, the rankings have been adapted to split the combined 1,082 points those clubs scored. The 1,077 scored under the Dukla Praha name (until 1990, though the club ceased to exist six years later) are listed as such, leaving that club in 87th place in the all-time rankings, as was the place of the continuation club now playing in Pribram. It makes Dukla the highest ranked club that doesn't exist anymore today, taking that sad accolade over from Admira Wien, with Belfast Celtic now third on that list.
As for 1.FK Pribram: they find themselves back in 2326th position, with five points to their name, the last of them coming in 2004. None of us will live to see the day they pass the legendary Dukla, if they ever will...
These club world rankings were named after FC Groningen's old Oosterpark Stadium, which was closed and demolished in 2006. And in case you were wondering where the green star logo comes from: that too is meant to uphold a tradition: for many years the Oosterpark Rankings were hosted by zelenazvezda.com, which is Bulgarian for green star.
Apart from the all-time world club rankings, this site also features many regional listings: by continent (or by confederation membership to be precise), and, in the case of the stronger leagues, domestic ratings too. The latter ones do include points scored outside a nation's boundaries as well, so as not to be reduced to a simple reflection of the number of league titles, which they otherwise would turn out to be.
Other available rankings include those per era (19th, 20th and 21st century, continental competition era, business era. The full historical tables are available through the navigation button at the top of each page. What follows below is a quick glance at the (current) leaders in those sub-categories.
(c) Mark de Vries , 1999-2013, All rights reserved. Page last modified: 02.12.2013.
Special thanks to Paulo Freitas for his invaluable insights in, and comments on Latin American football!
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